We’ve begun the Kagoma Gate staff quarters – great progress!
We just received from Moses the news of the GREATEST JOY!
Moses has just received the tests scores from the national exams. As we had hoped and really expected ALL of our Busoga students passed their national exam, most in division 1 & 2!
For Kagoma Gate….remember this is the VERY FIRST time this village would have children take the national exam. The first time a child would graduate from primary school and be able to advance to high school. We were not sure what to hope for! For their first time, perhaps 1/2 would be amazing, we thought.
Of our 38 Kagoma Gate P7 students sitting for their national exam, 37 PASSED!!!!! We had just one child fail, he will retake P7 and I know he will pass this year.
Just think about this. This village once called the “forgotten people” just 6 years ago, ALL but 1 child passed their national exam.
The joy in the village can be heard all the way here. This is thanks to SO many of YOU, they did it! And there will be many more to come.
Thank you to each of you who who have made this dream come true for this village, for these kids and families. Education is the key that opens the prison cell of poverty.
Hello TGC Friends!! We are excited to report that the Nursing Scholarship in one of our dear friends (Coleen Stevens) mom’s name (Bobbi Keating) has been set up! We have 3 young Ugandan candidates ready to start their nursing journey. Please visit our website here! and if you like, make your donation to honor Bobbi Keating. Many thanks from the Keating Family!
Our holiday parties and a big thank you!!!
As ALWAYS, we are SO proud of our outreach team comprised of 3 amazing women. Today the team put on The Giving Circle’s Outreach Christmas Eve party for our homeless friends/family.
The Giving Circle works 365 days a year in so many places (thanks to so many of YOU) but we were born out of a disaster called “Operation; A Cajun Christmas“. It means so much to us to always make this time special for ALL (no matter of belief etc)!
This year we had holiday parties in 🎄Uganda (video to be posted soon) and at Code Blue today 🤶 our annual partnership with Franklin CC proving Christmas for so many local families 🎅 St Thomas 🎄Puerto Rico 🤶❤️🎄🎅
2017 was our best year yet and We have SO MUCH Planned in 2018! The Giving Circle is family welcome to ALL. Please consider becoming part of this ever expanding circle of giving – compassion – HOPE.
We are wishing our Giving Circle family a happy holidays! The givers and the receivers, at times, we are all both, and ALL times we are ALL The Giving Circle Family.
The Giving Circle Ideals, Vision and Pledge is to always stay:
- 100% volunteer, based in loving-kindness, respect & compassion;
- free from agenda;
- and driven by: selfless compassion with but one goal: regardless of who you are, where you live, what you believe or don’t believe, the color of your skin or your race or whom you love, if you are hungry we will feed you. If you are without shelter we will help shelter you. If you suffer, are lonely, cared for, unloved….we will be your friend & you will become part of this ever expanding circle of Giving and compassion.
On December 22nd, thanks to your kind support through our Operation: A Caribbean Christmas and the 7 Day Challenge campaigns, our Puerto Rico partner, the Puerto Rico Recovery Fund, was able to deliver the $15,000 to 150 Supermercados Econo school families in the form of $100 Gift Cards!!
Because of so many of you, once again, The Giving Circle helped to bring joy, relief and hope to people who are in need and suffered and continue to suffer so much.
From the Operation: A Caribbean Christmas alone (excluding the summer trucks to Fla and Texas and rebuilding in Texas) more than $30,000 was raised to help bring holiday joy Puerto Rico and Saint Thomas. In addition we raised $2500 in school supplies for a school in St. Croix and St. Thomas.
Because of SO many of you, Operation: A Caribbean Christmas Santa’s Helpers it was a VERY Happy day in St Thomas today!! A VERY HAPPY party with all the treats, sweets, gifts and gift cards.
A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to so many of you who, as you always do, come through to make the lives of others in need better, filled with love, joy and hope, knowing people they may not know or ever meet from far away, care about them.
Enjoy the pictures. Some pictures will show the vast damage that still exists with thousands and thousands of homes damaged, many with no roofs, or only tarps.
The Giving Circle board member Beau Stallard is there working with our partner in the Virgin Islands: My Brothers workshop. We will be offering opportunities and forming teams to go to help rebuild, this is in the works now. More info on this soon.
This morning we also wired wired $15,000 to our partner in Puerto Rico which will be used for the students/families of a very poor school in the Barrio Patagonia Humacao that was hit very hard. The school has 150 students/families where each family will receive $100. The school will have a little Holiday party🎄 on the 19th, receiving the handmade holiday cards from our local schools along with $100 USD of Walmart cards….these are on their way soon.
So, we did it! While life there and the recovery will be hard for a long time, because of your loving kindness, there will be a VERY bright Christmas Glow over the islands where, still today most still have no electricity, but what they do have is the power of your compassion.
Note: we are still taking donations for this campaign.
Any funds after this will be used to start rebuilding homes in US Virgin Islands with our partner, Our Brothers Workshop, and in PR to put metal roofs on homes.
A BIG thank you to so many of you who came through to make the life of others in need. A better- filled holiday with love, joy and hope knowing people they may not know or ever meet from far away, care about them.
In the coming weeks as the planned events happen in PR and US VI, we will be posting a full report and many pictures of lots of very happy and grateful faces.
Quickly funds from all the related Operation: A Caribbean Christmas events and campaigns have and/or will provide:
- Today we will sending a wire of $15,000 to our partner in Puerto Rico to benefit a poor school in the Barrio Patagonia Humacao, which was hit very hard. The school has 150 students/families and each family will receive $100. The school will have a Holiday party on the 19th where they will receive the handmade holiday cards from our local schools and $100 in Walmart gift cards.
- The US Virgin Islands have received school supplies to benefit students at a very poor school in St Croix.
On The 16th our Partner ‘Our Brothers Workshop” will have a VERY big and happy Holiday party for the community. THEN:
- The other 1/2 of the school supplies will be distributed, and
- there will be food, drinks, gifts/toys where The Giving Circle was happy to send because of YOU. We will send $10,000 to help make this a day and party to remember. In addition a package was sent Monday containing close to $3000 of VISA Gift cards and the Holiday greeting cards so many of you were so kind to gift to the children and families.
So, we did it! While life there and the recovery will be hard for a long time, because of your loving kindness, there will be a VERY bright Christmas Glow over islands where still today, most still have no electricity but what they do have, is the power of your compassion.
Note: we are still taking donations for this campaign and any that come in up through today before we wire, will be included in that wire.
Any funds after that wire will be used to start rebuilding homes in US Virgin Islands with our Partner ‘Our Brothers Workshop” and in PR.
PS: We will be posting all the pictures from our annual Holiday parties in Uganda soon too!
The Giving Circle is YOU and there few charities on Earth like us! Thank you all for your continued support!